Simple Mandelbrot Generator

Copyright (C) 2001 Brighten Godfrey <>

Version 1.0, Thu May 17 23:27:22 EDT 2001


This is a very simple Mandelbrot generator. I wrote it on a whim one afternoon because I'd always wanted to write one, and I wanted to play with OCaml. It simply generates a Mandelbrot according to some parameters that you supply.

There is a lot that it doesn't do that many other generators do:

On the positive side,


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.


Source: smg-1.0.tar.bz2 (8 KB)
PPC Linux binary: smg-1.0.tar.bz2 (76 KB)


To build SMG, you need an OCaml compiler. Then download SMG and unpack it with bzip2. If you downloaded the source, you can compile it under Unix by typing make. Now you're all ready -- just run it as shown below.

SMG has been tested with Obective Caml version 3.01 on LinuxPPC. If you would like to send me your data point, please do.


Usage is as follows:
smg x_min x_max y_min y_max width height iterations
For example:
smg -2 1 -1.5 1.5 512 384 25
smg -0.4 0.2 -1. -0.7 300 200 30
The program generates the fractal, then prints out processor usage statistics, waits until you press return, and quits.


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